Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2019

For investors, by investors

Africa’s early stage investor community will convene November 13-15 for the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2019. This exclusive investor-only event, to be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, unites key ecosystem stakeholders from across the continent and beyond, to exchange best practices, learn from peers and recent transactions, and do deals.

Make sure to block your agenda for #AESIS2019 and follow this page for future announcements!

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Why attend

The African startup ecosystem is on the move. Not only are the number of ventures growing, but the quality of the businesses is improving. Never before has the pipeline of African innovation been so investible. And where talent leads the way, money is close to follow. More than 60 angel networks are setting up across the continent and a growing class of Africa-focused VC investors is backing and scaling up the best of the best. Once a year, this community of industry leaders comes together to share best practices and to learn from peers. The best companies are invited to join this meeting as talent and capital collide.

  • 300+ leaders from the Africa startup, innovation and investment industry
  • The latest trends, insights and industry research
  • Workshops and masterclasses for investors by investors
  • Exclusive networking and co-investment opportunities
  • Option to nominate startups in your portfolio to attend this event
  • Invite-only investor dinners, Rooftop dinner and Innovation Tour
  • Summit pass gives access to partner events including Africa Investment Forum and AfricaCom/AUHB

A rich networking experiences with a highly focused yet varied program. Lovely Waterfront Cape Town with views of table mountain.

2019 speakers

Headlining the Summit are renown international and local investors – with leading African angels and VC fund managers. Speakers include:

Papa Amadou Sarr
Papa Amadou Sarr
Senegalese Ministry for Entrepreneurship

Peter Braun
Peter Braun

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Abu Bakr Cassim
Jozi Angels

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Jocelyn Cheng
Global Innovation Fund

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Johann Choux

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Llew Claasen
Newtown Partners

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Lauren Cochran
Blue Haven Initiative

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Emanuele Colonnelli
University of Chicago

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Paul Cook
Silvertree Holdings

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Tomi Davies
ABAN + Lagos Angel Network

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Marieme Diop
Orange Digital Ventures

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David van Dijk
ABAN, VC4Africa, Stichting IGNITE

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Mike Ducker
J.E. Austin Associates

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Rebecca Enonchong
ABAN + Cameroon Angels Network

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Ike Eze
Beta Ventures

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Alexandra Fraser
ABAN + Fraser Consulting

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Olivier Furdelle
Teranga Capital

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Zachariah George
Startupbootcamp Africa

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Dario Giuliani
Briter Bridges

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Stephen Gugu
ABAN + Viktoria Ventures

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Maya Horgan
Ingressive Capital

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Khaled Ismail

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Yemi Keri
Rising Tide Africa

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Luke Krueger
Valhalla Capital

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Kenza Lahlou
Outlierz Ventures

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Danai Musandu
Goodwell Investment

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Anne Njuki
DOB Equity

Eghosa Omoigui
Eghosa Omoigui

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Collins Onuegbu
Lagos Angel Network

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Yassine Oussaifi

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Hetal Patel
Mercy Corps

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Boldewijn Sloet
Africa Tech Ventures

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Lyndsey Vandament
Global Partnerships

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Keet van Zyl
Knife Capital


Summit passCape Town Innovation Tour
Entrance to the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2019
November 13 & 14
Cape Town Innovation Tour
November 15th
Invite-only investor dinners
November 13th
Investor masterclasses
November 13th
Rooftop dinner and party @Naspers
November 14th
Complimentary access to
Africa Investment Forum (Nov 11-13) + AfricaCom/AHUB (Nov 12-14)
VC4A Pro Account
access for 3 months
450 USD50 USD

Summit program

Wednesday – November 13

Series of investor masterclasses and workshops at Workshop 17 (17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront). A more informal day that builds on peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and best practice sharing among participants, with leading investors facilitating the masterclasses. There will be four half-day workshops dedicated to topics such as start-up valuation, due diligence and starting angel networks.

On Wednesday evening, speakers, key partners and guests will be invited for informal investor dinners to meet and connect in an intimate setting.

Thursday – November 14

Full day Summit at Workshop 17 (17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront), including networking breakfast. The day will be filled with relevant keynotes, fireside chats and roundtable conversations examining how to unlock the potential of early stage companies across the continent, while building value for investors and shareholders.

Following the success from the last two Summits, raising more than USD 20 million in venture capital funding, we are proud to present the VC4A Venture Showcase – SeriesA, featuring 10 investor-vetted scale-ups from across the continent looking to raise between $250K and $5M. The scale-ups will be invited to pitch on stage as well as to engage with interested investors in more intimate ‘deepdive’ breakout sessions.

On Thursday evening, we invite Summit attendees and the investment community from across the continent for the investor dinner at Nasdak Rooftop Venue (26th floor, Media24 Centre) hosted by our event partner Naspers. Where we will be celebrating our successes over the past year and to close the event. This provides another opportunity for our community to strengthen their networks, build new relationships and spend more time with entrepreneurs and co-investors.

Friday – November 15 (optional)

Cape Town Innovation Tour, organized together with our event partner UK SA Tech Hub, featuring insightful visits to key startup hubs, accelerator programs and scale-ups around the peninsula.


08:45Registration open + walk in coffee at Workshop17
09:25Word of welcome
Track 1Masterclasses for aspiring and new angels

09:30 – 10:10 Angel Investing Fundamentals
10:10 – 10:50 Creating value for portfolio companies & Managing your portfolio

10:50 – 11:10 Network break

11:10 – 11:50 TBA
11:50 – 12:30 Impact and alternative early stage instruments

Track 2Fund manager training
In partnership with JE Austin Associates + AfriLabs + Valhalla Private Capital, supported by AfDB.
13:30ABAN Annual General Meeting + continuation of Fund manager training
15:15Network break
15:35ABAN Annual General Meeting + continuation of Fund manager training
17:00Invite-only investor dinners


08:00Registration & Network breakfast
09:00Opening remarks
Profile Photo David van Dijk, ABAN
09:05Opening keynote
Welcome keynote
Profile Photo Tomi Davies, ABAN + Lagos Angel Network
09:15Opening keynote
Opening keynote
Profile Photo Ben White, VC4A
09:35Opening panel
Taking stock: Understanding the current Investment Climate in Africa
10:15Opening keynote
Lessons learned from a leading serial entrepreneur and startup investor
10:30Fireside chat

11:00Network break
11:30Parallel sessions

Investor panel
Exits oh exits, where art thou?


Ecosystem panel
Making success possible – the enablers and catalysts”

12:15Parallel sessions

Ecosystem panel
Enabling Africa Success – the company builders


Investor panel
Making it work for everyone – inclusivity – going beyond the usual suspects

14:00Special announcements
14:10VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A
6 investor-vetted scale-ups from across the continent pitching on stage, all looking to raise their Series A round between $250K and $5M. More information about the selected companies here.
14:50Parallel sessions
VC4A Venture Showcase – Investor deep dive sessions
Got sparked by one of the pitches? This is your chance as an investor to engage with the founders and get a better sense on the business they are building in 6 separate breakaway sessions.


Lessons learned from investing in early stage companies
In partnership with event parter Triple Jump.

15:30Network Break
16:00VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A
6 investor-vetted scale-ups from across the continent pitching on stage, all looking to raise their Series A round between $250K and $5M. More information about the selected companies here
16:45Parallel sessions
VC4A Venture Showcase – Investor deep dive sessions
Got sparked by one of the pitches? This is your chance as an investor to engage with the founders and get a better sense on the business they are building in 6 separate breakaway sessions.


Research roundtable
Letting the data speak
Fact-based research and access to reliable data are key to any investment decision and important building blocks of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Join leading research practitioners and learn from their main findings and insights.

17:30Closing ceremony
Profile Photo Ben White, VC4A
Profile Photo Tomi Davies, ABAN + Lagos Angel Network
18:00Rooftop dinner and party at Nasdak Rooftop Venue (26th floor, Media24 Centre, 40 Heerengracht Street) hosted by Naspers.


The tour is organised in partnership with our event partner UK SA Tech Hub and can be booked at an additional cost of $50:
register here.

Cape Town has been recognized globally as an emerging global entrepreneurial hub, due to it’s vibrant startup community and innovative spirit. The greater Cape Town area is home to many accelerator programs, co-working spaces and global tech businesses, serving markets across the continent and globe.

This tour aims to give you a great introduction to the ecosystem, access to the entrepreneurs and leaders building the sector, and you’ll spend the day being hosted by industry experts who are embedded in the community.

Tour Includes:
• Transport between venues on a luxury, air-conditioned coach
• Tea or coffee on arrival from at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront
• Mineral water and fruit to snack on in the coach
• Morning coffee and snacks
• Healthy packed lunch with locally sourced produce
• Networking drinks

Limited seats available, secure your seat(s) now.

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Fund manager training

Are you a new fund manager or (seriously) thinking about launching a fund? Join the First-Time Fund Manager Workshop during the #AESIS2019 Academy Day November 13.

At #AESIS2019 we are proud to announce a 1-day Fund Manager Workshop targeting first-time and aspiring fund managers. This new learning track complements the existing learning track for angel investors that will run in parallel on the same day. It takes place on Wednesday November 13th and is offered by the AfDB and delivered by JE Austinand Valhalla Capital Management in partnership with AfriLabs.The workshop will run the full day and consist of a series of interactive sessions on the essential aspects of fund management.

As part of the AfDB sponsorship, we are able to extend free #AESIS2019 Summit passes to 30 participants of the training. Preference is given to African applicants who can demonstrate their priorities of investing in women- and youth- owned startups and SMEs.

Indicate your interest to join the first-time Fund Manager Workshop during the #AESIS2019 Academy Day, by filling in this short registration form.

Make sure to do so as soon as possible but before the deadline of October 18th, 2019, since seats are limited.

Register Here

Supporting partners

UK SA Tech Hub

In good company


4Di Capital
800 ventures
African Development Bank
African Diaspora Network
Africatech Ventures
AHL Venture Partners
Algebra Ventures
Angelhub Ventures
Anges Quebec
Benin Business Angels
Blue Haven Initiative
Brooklyn Ventures
Cactus Advisors
Cairo Angels
Clifftop Colony
Compass VC
Congo Business Angels
CRE Ventures
Dakar Network Angels
Dazzle Angels
Earth Capital
Enza Capital
eVA Fund
Glo Ventures
Global Innovation Fund
Global Partnerships
Greentec Capital
Hlayisani Capital
Horizen Ventures
Innovation Edge
Intelligent Capital
Investment One
iungo Capital
Jozi Angels
Knife Capital
Kuwekeza Holdings
Lagos Angel Network
Maine Venture Fund
Mercy Corps
Movement Capital
Neon Ventures
Newtown Partners
Orange Digital Ventures
Pepperfield Ventures
Quona Capital
Rising Tide Africa
Samurai Incubate Africa
Sanaga Ventures
Shell Foundation
Silvertree Internet Holdings
Singularity Invest
Small Foundation
SSE Angel Network
Starttech Ventures
Tanzania Angel Investors Network
Team Africa Ventures
Teranga Capital
Total Energy Ventures
Unconventional Capital
Valhalla Capital
Ventures Platform
Village Capital
 Zephyr Acorn

Ecosystem and media partners

Africa Capital Digest
Briter Bridges
Business Insider
Disrupt Africa
Fast Company
JE Austin
Silicon Cape

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